Saturday, 22 September 2018
Czech Republic and the EU | Business | Radio Prague

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš has come under fire for outright rejecting a proposal to take in 50 Syrian orphans – or even a single refugee until the EU secures its borders. In an interview published on Saturday, he said the Czech Republic had demonstrated its solidarity in other, meaningful ways and has its orphans to worry about.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor reports that a few hundred commuters in Prague have complained that transport coupons they purchased online for travel on the Prague Integrated Transport (PID) website, did not appear on their Litacka cards, when they were checked by ticket inspectors.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Jarmila Vedralová, the new head of the government anti-drug council is against the Pirate Party's suggestion to legalise and decriminalise the use of marijuana. She told Právo in an interview on Monday, that she supported the medical use of the drug, but was against any attempt to make it more accessible to the public.

National | Prague Daily Monitor

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš told Právo on Saturday that he was resolute that the Czech Republic would not accept a single refugee or for that matter 50 Syrian orphans that Czech MEP Michaela Šojdrová (KDU-ČSL) had lobbied for. Babiš argued that the Czech Republic was spending millions on development aid in Syria, treating Syrians at Czech hospitals, and that as PM his responsibility was to Czech orphans and citizens.

Prague | Prague TV

The Astronomical Clock will be back in operation Sept. 28, which is also the national holiday for St Wenceslas. The festivities will begin at 5:45 pm and the clock will be unveiled at 6 pm.

Czech Republic and the EU | Politics | EurActiv/Aktuálně.cz

MEPs have urged the European Commission to investigate Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš for possible conflicts of interest involving EU funds, after being persuaded by the Czech branch of Transparency International and the Czech Pirate Party.

National | Business | Radio Prague

Czech politicians have missed Friday's deadline on passing a controversial EU amendment to its directive on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Pravo reported over the weekend that Czech soldiers posted in Afghanistan as part of the NATO mission in Bagram, would no longer be active on the frontline in dangerous forward positions.

National | Brno Daily

According to the preliminary statistical balance of the Czech Statistical Office, the Czech Republic population is now 10,625,400. The number has increased by 15,400 in the period from 1st January to 30th June 2018. The Czech population increased by 17,700 during the first six months of the year as a result of net immigration.

National | Business | Prague TV

The decade-long Opencard saga is still not over. The High Court has overturned the convictions against two former Prague mayors, Bohuslav Svoboda (ODS) and Tomáš Hudeček (formerly TOP 09), and three other former officials.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Hospodarske Noviny reports that a Czech built hospital in Goroka a provincial capital in Papua New Guinea opened this week.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Police in Znojmo were called in by angry neighbours to shut down a techno birthday party that took place in Unanov near Znojmo on Saturday night, after over 700 guests showed up.

Czech Republic and the EU | Reuters

The Czech government stands behind Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban after a European Parliament vote to sanction the country for flouting EU rules, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on Thursday. The vote on Thursday was the parliament's bid to launch the punitive process of the European Union treaty's Article 7, although the vote has little chance of ending up with the ultimate penalty of Hungary being suspended from voting in the EU.

Prague | Life | Prague TV

The block party on Americká Street in Prague 2, just off of náměstí Míru, will be one of the larger events in this year's Zažít město jinak (Different City Experience) festival, Saturday, Sept. 15. Events will start at 11 am and run to about 10 pm, when city noise regulations will call things to a halt.

Politics | Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

Czech Television and reported that the Prague higher court cancelled a verdict issued against former Prague mayors Tomáš Hudeček and Bohuslav Svoboda in the Opencard case, and returned the case to the lower courts.